University of Guelph

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar


X--Degree Programs

Program Information

Objectives of the Program

The Environmental Sciences program is designed to provide a strong interdisciplinary grounding in specific environmental sciences including the socioeconomic context in which environmental issues are resolved.

There is an emphasis on management and decision-making skills for the application of scientific knowledge to environmental problems, and the evaluation of appropriate environmental policies. A practical problem- solving perspective is central to the program, and this is often done in the context of group work.

Substantial emphasis is placed on communication skills, including the development of both good writing ability and oral communication ability. This is emphasized particularly in the Environmental Science core courses, starting in first year, and running through to fourth year. Students in the final years of their program will be expected to take part in more intensive communication skill development, including debates and discussions.

Graduates will seek employment in a range of fields, from government agencies in the environmental field to private industry and research.

Academic Counselling

General information on the degree program is available from the program counsellor, Faculty of Environmental Sciences. Advising for each major is available through the assigned departmental advisor responsible for the major. Students are encouraged to seek the advice of the departmental advisors when planning course selections.


The degree granted for the successful completion of the program will be the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences - B.Sc.(Env.).

Continuation of Study

Students are advised to consult the regulations for Continuation of Study in Section VIII, Undergraduate Degree Regulations of this Calendar.

Conditions for Graduation

In order to qualify for graduation from the B.Sc.(Env.) program, the student must have completed successfully the stated course requirements for the program, with at least 60% of all course attempts at grade 60% or better.

Co-op Education Programs

The Earth and Atmosphere, Environmetrics, and the Natural Resources Management majors are offered with a Co-op option.

Students interested should contact the program counsellor for admission information. Admission to a Co-op program will be dependent on a student's choice of major, average in Semesters 1 and 2, and an interview. Applications to B.Sc.(Env.) Co-op programs can be made during Semester 2.

The Environmental Sciences Program

The degree in Environmental Sciences consists of 40 courses, as follows:

  1. First Year Curriculum, (10 courses).
  2. Environmental Science Core, (6 courses).
  3. Environmental Science Major, (10-16 courses).
  4. Area of Emphasis, (minimum of 5 courses).
  5. plus free electives.

Within these courses, students must include at least 12 courses at the 300 or 400 level, and no program may include more than 14 courses at the 100-level.

First Year Curriculum

The first year courses have been selected to provide students with sufficient background and knowledge to enter any one of the Environmental Sciences majors.

Semester 1
19-130 Introductory Environmental Chemistry
63-108 Elements of Calculus I
76-111 Introductory Physics with Applications I
96-101 Introduction to Environmental Issues
One biological science from 17-115, 65-100, 92-102.
Semester 2
19-131 Introductory Environmental Chemistry II
36-120 Introductory Microeconomics
45-130 Introduction to the Biophysical Environment
76-113 Introductory Physics with Applications II
One biological science from 17-115, 65-100,92-102.

Environmental Science Core

In addition to the common first year curriculum, students are required to take the following core Environmental Sciences courses:

02-270 Survey of Natural Resource Economics
36-210 Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
15-201 Ecology
74-207 Philosophy of the Environment
78-337 Environmental Policy Formation and Administration
92-405 Natural Resources Policy
96-201 Decision-making and Communication Skills
96-401 Colloquium/Project in Environmental Science

Environmental Sciences Majors

Requirements for each of these majors are described in the detailed schedules of studies below.

Areas of Emphasis

All students must choose an area of emphasis consisting of a minimum of 5 courses in a particular topic area. These are listed after "Schedules of Studies". The sequence of courses normally begins in third year. With the approval of the program counsellor, students may develop their own area of emphasis. All areas of emphasis must be approved by the program counsellor and students should note that entry to certain areas of emphasis is restricted by the student's choice of major.

1996-97 Undergraduate Calendar
X--Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences - B.Sc.(Env.)

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